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Rehabilitating the Industrial Revolution

Maxine Berg and Pat Hudson
The Economic History Review
New Series, Vol. 45, No. 1 (Feb., 1992), pp. 24-50
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Economic History Society
DOI: 10.2307/2598327
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2598327
Page Count: 27
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Rehabilitating the Industrial Revolution
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Abstract

Gradualist perspectives now dominate economic and social histories of the industrial revolution. Analyses of economic change which rely on growth accounting and macroeconomic estimates of productivity indicate continuity with the past; social historians have followed in turning aside from the analysis of new class formations. This article challenges these perspectives. Currently accepted economic indicators and recent social history underplay the extent and uniqueness of economic and social transformation. The article emphasizes change in technology, the use of a female and child labour force, regional specialization, demographic behaviour, and political change.

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